Zeta Gundam Head Display Base

October 28, 2015 at 13:44 | Posted in Other scales | 1 Comment
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I decided to take a break from my Zeon Remnants Project and build something different. I chose the smallest box from my stack of backlogged kits and it turned out to be the Zeta Head Display Base. It was included with the Gundam Ace comic some years back. I put off building it because I couldn’t decide what color scheme to go for. Some color variations like Amuro colors, Red Zeta & Titans colors were considered, but I finally settled for the Grey Zeta color scheme.

Grey Zeta is actually a misnomer, since the color scheme is mostly orange-yellow. I used the MG Grey Zeta (P-Bandai) as a reference, but with some minor changes. On the back of the antenna there are some empty gaps. I could’ve filled them with putty but I felt it wasn’t worth the effort. After priming with dark-grey surfacer, I painted the head as follows:

  • Face, horns: light gull grey
  • Forehead, chest verniers: german grey
  • Inside neck: dark gray (2)
  • Head armor & body: orange-yellow + off white (airbrushed)

For the eyes and head sensor, I attached Hasegawa mirror finish stickers and handpainted clear green and clear blue on them. The stand was left unpainted. What follows is standard procedure: panel-lining, decals & flat topcoat.

This was a relatively simple project; it took me an extended weekend to finish it. Most of it was just masking and waiting for paint to dry. So here’s the final result:

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Gundam Origin Head Display Base

September 24, 2014 at 18:05 | Posted in Other scales | Leave a comment
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This head display base came with the October 20111 issue of Gundam Ace magazine. It’s based on the RX-78-2 design from the manga Mobile Suit Gundam : The Origin. The whole thing came as white plastic, so painting is necessary. I didn’t modify anything except for sharpening the v-fin.

After priming the entire thing with dark grey surfacer, proceeded to paint it with Full Armor Gundam colors, i.e green, orange-yellow and gray. The internal part that made up the vulcan cannons and side vents were painted with gunmetal. For the eyes and camera sensors, I attached a reflective sheet (Hasegawa Mirror Finish) and handpainted clear yellow for the eyes and clear blue for the sensor. After adding some decals I finished it off with flat topcoat.

From my personal viewpoint, I don’t find this Gundam Origin head very ‘handsome’. My favorite RX-78 head design has to be the ver. Ka. Another disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come with a stand. There’s two holes at the back but I’m not sure if it is compatible with existing stands. Anyway, it will make a good paperweight.

 

 

 

Sign of the Zeta

November 28, 2012 at 12:19 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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It has been a while since my last random rant. This time it’s about the Zeta gundam. Unlike previous RG releases, there was a bit more fanfare with the release of the RG Zeta. Probably because it’s the 10th release of the RG line (if you count the Titans & AEUG Mk-II as separate releases).

I decided to buy one since I haven’t really built a proper Zeta kit yet. I did buy the MG Zeta 2.0 a long time ago but I sold it to recover some badly needed funds at the time. The RG Zeta cost 2500 yen at Yodobashi camera, slightly pricier than the standard RG kit; but it’s a fully transformable kit, which may have driven the price up a bit.

And inside the box, there’s an extra booklet which basically shows the concepts and history of the RG line. Here’s the front cover:

I also bought myself a copy of Gundam Ace manga (January 2013 issue) which comes with a 1/48 scale Zeta head display base. It’s looks to be a perfect complement for the RG Zeta. It’s molded in white, so painting is a must. Speaking of painting, I already have a custom color scheme in mind for my RG Zeta.

And for the next (February) issue of Gundam Ace (not actually released in February, but around the end of December), they’ll include a set of decals for the Zeta head, based on this pamphlet included in the RG Zeta kit:

If you look at the top-left corner, you can use the decals for 2 color schemes: standard red-white-blue-yellow and the white Zeta (Amuro’s custom). Although not mentioned specifically, it looks to be the standard peel-and-stick decals. Oh well, I’ll just stick to my water-slide decals. So here ends my Zeta rant and I’m looking forward to building it.

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